The Migration Advisory Committee has published its report on the Tier 1 (Investor) Scheme.
It concludes that the scheme currently offers greater benefits to the investors than to the UK economy as a whole. It recommends, amongst other matters that:
- the minimum investment should be raised from £1 million to £2 million
- restrictions on investment instruments should be relaxed and quarterly valuations no longer be required, in order to increase investors' willingness to take risks
- the option of financing the investment with a loan be removed
- a limited number of premium route applications be available; this route would be 'bid' for, and could lead to accelerated settlement with a requirement to spend fewer days in the UK than at present.
The report highlights that Tier 4 (General) students are the largest group of people who 'switch' into the Tier 1 (Investor) category in the UK. Post-Study Work migrants and Tier 4 (Child) students have also been granted leave to remain as investors.
One of the key factors that influences decisions to invest in the UK is the high standard of education available to investors and their family members.